Review – OSEA Blemish Balm & Sea Minerals Mist

One of the many rad things about our blog is that sometimes we have companies who share our values give us products to review. This is great for us broke ass bunnies because as our name implies, we are broke. From spending so much money on makeup. And also, life and things. OSEA is one of the companies who value being cruelty-free and has sent us products to review. However, we don’t get paid to review them, so rest assured our reviews are honest and not paid off with promises of free moisturizers and puppies or anything of the sort. Not only are their skincare products completely cruelty-free, they are also all natural and vegan.

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Photo courtesy of oseamalibu on Instagram

Blemish Balm

Blemish balm! I may not have a super terrible problem with acne, but I do get breakouts from time to time that are atrocious and painful and annoying. This is a lightweight moisturizer meant to balance the skin and help fight and prevent blemishes. I’m always trying to find the right stuff for my skin that is affordable, soft, and easy to use. The star ingredients in this product are:

  • Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract a brown algae abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Helps minimize the appearance of surface impurities and irritation and visibly diminishes uneven skin texture.
  • Juniper (Juniperus Communis) Leaf Essential Oil decongests surface impurities and helps promote clear looking skin.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil helps diminish appearance of blemishes, excess oil and irritation on the surface of skin. Rich in antioxidants and revered for its energizing, herbaceous aroma.
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil gently eliminates excess oil on skin’s surface without drying and helps diminish the appearance of blemishes and oily shine.
  • White Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Essential Oil helps minimize the appearance of blemishes and congestion on the surface of skin.

Mostly, I loved this moisturizer. It left my skin feeling soft, it’s easy to use, and I love the feel of the bottles. It might not seem that important, but the bottles being made out of recyclable glass reminds of the ocean and makes me love this product even more. Packaging DOES matter! I really felt a difference in my skin for the short time I used it and even though the price is a bit higher than I’m used to at $44, I’m realizing all good moisturizers have a bit of a price tag.

My downside to this product may just be my own preferences. I didn’t use it for long because the smell was overpowering. The smell isn’t bad, it’s quite good actually, but too much of any smell is a lot. I wore it at night and felt like I had poured tea tree oil in my nose. I wore it in the morning and was distracted by the smell all day. So, if you’re sensitive to smells maybe this isn’t the best product for you. However, I will attest that it worked great otherwise.

I give this product a 4/5 for working well but overwhelming my nose.

Sea Minerals Mist

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Photo courtesy of oseamalibu on Instagram

When I saw the Sea Minerals Mist, I had no idea what to do with it. Since before this blog my skincare routine was literally just put water on my face sometimes, I am way behind on these types of products. However, I learned that the mist is intended to keep your skin hydrated and prepare it for absorption when applying moisturizer or makeup. It also acts as a setting spray. Immediately I was in love with the bottle. Again, packaging matters. But I was skeptical on how it would actually impact my skin. The star ingredients in this product include:

  • Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract a red algae that deeply hydrates skin and promotes the appearance of youthful volume and firmness. Helps protect skin from external aggressors such as wind, dry climates and air pollution. Rich in polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals.
  • Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract a brown algae abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Helps minimize the appearance of surface impurities and irritation and visibly diminishes uneven skin texture.
  • Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice soothes, calms and hydrates skin. Helps minimize the appearance of surface redness and irritation.
  • Dead Sea Salt helps balance and exfoliate skin. Rich in marine minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides.
  • Neem Extract (Melia Azadirachta) helps neutralize surface impurities and diminishes the appearance of blemishes and oily sheen.
  • Saccharomyces/Copper/Manganese/and Zinc Ferments mineral peptides that have been fermented by yeast (saccharomyces) to firm and plump skin and visibly diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

I started using this spray by just spritzing it on my face whenever I remembered to do it. This included first thing in the morning, after I did my makeup, randomly throughout the day, or at night. I have a setting spray that I remember to use sometimes, and I replaced that by using the Sea Minerals Mist instead. Honestly, it was nice to give my face a little hydration throughout the day and it felt good to be able to spray it on my face after I had done my makeup. The website says you can use this all over your body after sun exposure or put it in the fridge to add some cooling components to it, but I was never able to do those things at this chilly time of year.

I’d give this product a 4/5 rating as well. For one, the price is a bit high at $38 per bottle. I did like being able to give my face a spray when it was feeling dry (which is pretty frequent in the colder months) while I had makeup on and couldn’t exactly throw water on my face, but I didn’t notice a huge difference in my face. For me, my routine with makeup and cleansers is really simplistic and adding another product to my routine seems like too much work for my lazy ass unless it makes a huge difference. Otherwise, I love the product and the lovely bottle. If only I wasn’t so lazy…

Thank you OSEA for sending us these amazing products to try! More than that, thank you for valuing eco-friendly and animal-friendly products. Also, your bottles are so pretty.

*Three Broke Bunnies was not  financially compensated for this post. We received a free sample for review purposes. The opinions stated are completely our own and based on our experience.*

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